I think I’ve become a bit of a Chat Thai junkie. Four visits within two weeks. Not to the Haymarket restaurant but to the (almost) equally busy branch at The Galleries Victoria. It’s conveniently and centrally located, it’s a block from where I work and thanks to being in a food hall, you don’t have to queue for a table. Brouse the menu, place your order, pay and take your ticket. Too easy.
The menu is scaled down somewhat for the lunchtime punters but you’ll still find some delicious items you may have had down the road in the Campbell Street outlet.
Todays lunch was the delicious pad thai seafood (12.5), moderately-sized yet packed with several king prawns and lots of squid. I’ve had the plain pad thai on a previous visit which was a little underwhelming, but the addition of fresh seafood lifted its game significantly.
The chicken larb (7.5) is a very, very delicious salad of warm ground chicken tossed with lime juice, red onion, pounded roasted rice and roasted chilli flakes, mint, shallots and coriander. Incredibly refreshing and chilli-hot. You’ll have clear sinuses after this one, I tell you!
The kana moogrob (8.9) is another beauty on the menu. It’s a stirfry of gai lan, fresh chilli and hearty chunks of crisp and perfectly-fatty pork belly. Rice comes with.
Disappointingly the pork laksa (7.5) was’t all that special. The hidden addition of pickled cabbage lurking in the depths gave it an overall sourness, despite the fact it was as pretty as a picture. Nevermind. The rest of the menu is substantial enough for me to eat my way through and find more potential treasures.